Prambanan: Meditating Lokapala

Lokapala in the Shiva Temple in Prambanan, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Bas relief of meditating Lokapala

Meditating Lokapala
This intricately carved story panel with three frames is one of the most beautiful bas-reliefs in Prambanan , about 11 miles northeast of Yogyakarta, Indonesia. At the center is Lokapala (means guardian of the world in Sanskrit) sitting on a beautifully decorated throne. With his eyes closed and right hand holding an japamala (prayer beads), he appears to be is in a state of deep meditation.

Check the Prambanan Bas-Reliefs page to read more about the bas-reliefs in the Prambanan temples.

To the left and right of Lokapala are the frames with the sculptural relief of three figures – most likely demigods – engaged in some activities, perhaps debating or teaching.

Although Prambanan is a Hindu temple complex, a strong Buddhist influence is seen in this relief.

Lokapala Related Images
Lokapala with the Bhumisparsha Mudra hand gesture
Lokapala with the Vara Mudra hand gesture
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Related Pages
Prambanan, Prambanan Bas-Reliefs, Borobudur, Bali, Indonesia
Angkor Wat, Angkor Wat Bas-Reliefs, Banteay Srei, Cambodia

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